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Promoting welfare?Government information policy and social citizenship$
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Penny Leonard

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344885

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344885.001.0001

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Case study B: Means-tested benefits for older people

Case study B: Means-tested benefits for older people

(p.101) Eight Case study B: Means-tested benefits for older people
Promoting welfare?

Penny Leonard

Policy Press

This chapter presents another case study that analyses the government policies to inform older people of their rights to means-tested benefits. It first describes briefly the social security benefits that are designed for older people, and the financial and demographic situation of older people in the UK. It then takes a short historic view of central government policies on information about means-tested financial assistance for older people. The case study investigates why concern about older people as a group led to more active and targeted information. The chapter is focused on the New Labour government's information policy for Income Support/Minimum Income Guarantee.

Keywords:   government policy, means-tested benefits, social security benefits, older people, demographic situation, financial assistance, New Labour government, Income Support, Minimum Income Guarantee

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